Golf Course Overview
Located at the Santa Ana Star Hotel Casino, the Santa Ana Golf Course has been lauded by both Golfweek and Golf Digest. Woven through the desert along the Rio Grande, the Santa Ana Golf Course offers championship, links-style golf, a 22,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, a pro shop, practice facilities, and a four-star restaurant. With its inspiring view of the 10,000-foot Sandia Peak and its eight crystal blue lakes, it is easy to see why The New York Times named the Santa Ana Golf Course “one of America's three best true links-style courses.”
Opened to the public in July of 1991, the Santa Ana Golf Course was designed by noted golf course architect Ken Killian, whose work includes Kemper Lakes and Tuckaway, both affiliated with the PGA. Killian was determined to create a links-style course that catered to the average golfer, yet could also compete as a future USGA, LPGA or PGA tour event.
The course itself is a daily fee course and is surrounded by the Jemez and Sandia Mountains as well as the Sangre de Cristos. In addition to the surrounding mountain views, the course is plush with native grasses, subtle mounding and eight crystal blue lakes. The scenery offered on this course was intended to inspire and challenge golfers to play their best.
Arranged as three nine-hole courses, Cheena, Star and Tamaya, the total yardage, slope and rating differ according to the rotation. All three courses are par 4s, with Cheena measuring 433 yards, Star measuring 448 yards and Tamaya measuring 405 yards. The Cheena-Tamaya rotation has a USGA slope of 132 from the back tees, 120 from the front tees, and a USGA rating of 74.1 from the back tees and 68.0 from the front tees. The Tamaya-Star rotation has a USGA slope of 133 from the back tees, 118 from the front tees, and a USGA rating of 73.1 from the back tees and 67.5 from the front tees. The Cheena-Star rotation has a USGA slope of 134 from the back tees and 119 from the front tees, and a USGA rating of 72.9 from the back tees and 68.0 from the front tees.